STEP­PING OUT: Mom and daugh­ters dress up to­gether

Mom finds in­spi­ra­tion in dress­ing her girls

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By DARA MCBRIDE dm­cbride@ce­cil­whig.com

Who: Kristin Lewis, an agent with In­tegrity Real Es­tate and events and mar­ket­ing man­ager for the Union Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion. Lewis was born and raised in Ce­cil County and now lives in Elk Neck with her hus­band, Rich, and their daugh­ters, Kal­lie, 5, and Ri­ley, 3.

Per­sonal style: To­day, Lewis’ style is more about her daugh­ters than it is about her.

“I’ve al­ways wanted lit­tle girls,” Lewis said, adding she loves to dress up her girls in co­or­di­nat­ing out­fits and then pick out some­thing for her­self.

When out shop­ping, she said she goes right for the kids’ sec­tion.

Her fa­vorite place to shop is Kohl’s (es­pe­cially if she can get a deal), but she will also go to Ann Tay­lor Loft. For out­fit in­spi­ra­tion, she looks to her younger sis­ter, who she said is stylish and trendy. Lewis said she of­ten plays it safe with her shop­ping choices, but her sis­ter likes to ex­per­i­ment with what’s new. What do Kal­lie and Ri­ley like? “They like to wear party dresses,” Lewis said. And, while Lewis likes to get dressed up too, her daugh­ters said they like to ac­ces­sorize with their “Elsa” and “Dorothy” cos­tume shoes. Fa­vorite col­ors for all are pink, pur­ple and teal.

What’s al­ways in her bag: Hair ties, hair de­tan­gler, baby wipes and fruit snacks are some of the items Lewis al­ways has on hand. Lewis said her out­fits and ac­ces­sories need to be ver­sa­tile be­cause of her jobs and role as a mom.

When she’s work­ing, her kids are of­ten along for the ride. That means she has to be ready to go from show­ing a house – some­times one that is in fore­clo­sure – to at­tend­ing a soccer game or fundraiser event. She keeps a change of clothes and rain boots in her car, but will also dress in styles that can take her from one lo­ca­tion to the next.

Her girls keep her on her toes – but in a good way.

“I’m ready for any­thing. They’ve trained me for that,” she said.

Life­styles: Lewis said she has a fam­ily of “sum­mer ba­bies,” so they are look­ing for­ward to the warmer weather when they can hang out in flip-flops, bathing suits and sun­dresses.

The fam­ily likes to go to the Ch­e­sa­peake Inn in Ch­e­sa­peake City when the weather is good to lis­ten to music. How­ever, her girls also like hav­ing pic­nics out­side, dress­ing up to go to a princess-themed event at Ce­cil Dan­cen­ter, or walk­ing around town and stop­ping at North East Choco­lates.

Lewis said she es­pe­cially en­joys the county events that are fam­ily-friendly, and said causes re­lat­ing to Union Hos­pi­tal or Mount Aviat Academy are im­por­tant to her. One such event com­ing up that Lewis is help­ing pro­mote is the Earth Day 5K at Mount Har­mon on April 23. The an­nual event ben­e­fits both Mount Har­mon in Ear­leville and Union Hos­pi­tal. In ad­di­tion to the 5K, there are Earth Day crafts and ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, so fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to come.

Step­ping Out runs the sec­ond and fourth Fri­day in Jump­start. Know some­one with great fash­ion? Nom­i­nate some­one you know – a col­league, friend, rel­a­tive or your­self – to be fea­tured by email­ing ac­cent@ce­cil­whig.com. Please in­clude con­tact in­for­ma­tion and de­tails about the per­son you are nom­i­nat­ing.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY DARA MCBRIDE

Kristin Lewis and her daugh­ters, Kal­lie, 5 and Ri­ley, 3, en­joy a day out in Ch­e­sa­peake City.

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